Malcolm J. Crocker

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Interviewed by
Richard J. Peppin
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Interview of Malcolm J. Crocker by Richard Peppin on February 4, 2021,
Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics,
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Interview with Malcolm Crocker, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Auburn University. Crocker recounts his childhood in England during World War II where he was inspired by the aircraft industry in the UK at the time. He describes attending University of Southampton for his undergraduate and master’s degrees in the aeronautical engineering program. Crocker then worked at Wyle Labs in Huntsville Alabama before returning to England to complete his graduate studies at Liverpool. He describes accepting an offer to join the faculty at Purdue University as an associate professor, where he stayed for many years. Crocker then was offered a position as department head at Auburn. Crocker describes his involvement in the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE) and his role as a founding director of INCE International. He also details his activity within the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), where he has served on the Noise Committee and the History Committee.


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